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Gate One tour of Peru
This summer we traveled with Gate One to Peru. This was our third experience with this travel company, and they always make the experience unforgettable. Our adventure started a day earlier than the scheduled tour. We took a Cessna plane on a flight from Ica, Peru over the Nazca Lines. These ancient geoglyphs are etched into the desert sand and are truly a mysterious wonder. Our tour also included lunch at a local restaurant and visit to a local winery where we were able to sample wine and the Peruvian drink of choice, Pisco. Our tour guide also took us to see the Oasis, located in the village of Huacachina. The lagoon sits between large sand dunes which was a beautiful site to see.
We then started our group tour in Lima where we toured the city, including the Palace of the Archbishop, Government palace and the Cathedral of Lima. The architecture was absolutely gorgeous. We flew to Cusco the following day and traveled to the Sacred Valley. On our way, we stopped in Chinchero to enjoy an authentic Peruvian lunch, which included roasted guinea pig (among many other items) and coca tea. After lunch, we attended a demonstration of the ancient tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. This was a super neat experience. The altitude at this location was 13,000 feet but we really didn't’t notice it until we ate lunch and noticed some changes in our breathing. Fortunately, no one had altitude sickness during the trip! Another highlight of the trip was stopping at a local school and meeting the children. They sang us songs in their native language, Quechua. They showed us around their school building and we played with them outside. We were able to give them candy, and they enjoyed that. We learned that some of these children walk an hour each way to school alone. En route to the Sacred Valley, we were also able to stop and take some beautiful photos of the snow capped mountains and take pictures with Alpacas.
We ventured to the Ollantaytambo ruins which was an Inca fortress with temples and terraces. The views were spectacular. We then joined an optional dinner that evening in the home of a local Peruvian family. The food was delicious and authentic. Their home had a lot of guinea pigs and chickens that they had bought at the local market that morning. The next day was our adventure to Machu Picchu. We boarded a train that morning that took us to our location. Being one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu was breathtaking. We were able to learn so much about the “lost city.” My husband and I then trekked to the Sun Gate, which was an hour each way up very steep terrain along the Incan trail. The view was definitely worth it!
We then made our way back to Cuzco. We were able to visit the city square where they were having parades for Corpus Christi. We then joined the tour for the Highlights of Cusco, where we visited the Colonial Cathedral, Temple of the sun, and Sacsayhuaman which demonstrated impressive fortress including stones that weighed over 100 tons. We also visited a local shop to learn how to tell the difference between real and fake alpaca clothing.
We then traveled to Raqchi and Puno. We visited the 15th century temple of Wiracocha, largest Incan temple ever discovered. We then made it to the beautiful Lake Titicaca. We went by boat to the floating Uros Islands. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The islands are made of reeds and they float. They demonstrated how they make the islands and how often they have to add to them. Each island has its own president. That afternoon, we took the optional tour to the Sullustani tombs. These were the pre-Incan burial ground. The tombs are built above ground in tower structures. The views were gorgeous!
We then flew back to Lima and had our farewell dinner that evening. We had a wonderful tour guide, Odon, who did a magnificent job explaining the history and significance of where we were and what we were seeing. I was fortunate to be able to take this trip with my husband, mother-in-law, and grandmother (who is 87!) We had a wonderful time together, enjoyed a lot of different food/drink (guinea pig, alpaca, beef hearts, ceviche, chicha morada, inca kola, and of course, Pisco Sours). We would like to thank our marvelous travel agent, Maureen and Memorable Travels for always making our trips amazing!
We have returned - finally! The trip was totally fantastic, all accommodations, food, tour guide, bus driver, fellow travelers, people, country, etc, all awesome! The tour guide added some really nice extra adventures for us! We would easily recommend this trip, and you, to anyone.
John enjoyed the trip very much (his first bus tour like this) and is talking about another one! This is progress! Thanks for the very well done arrangements. We will be contacting you again!
We want to thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime for us to
the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. What a wonderful time we had
meeting some of the most interesting people and seeing such unique
land forms, plant life and wild life. We saw humpback whales, iguanas,
a vast variety of birds, seals, turtles and much more. Excellent snorkeling
around the Galapagos Islands as well.
Machu Picchu was also fascinating and a gorgeous place to see. Those
who are able can hike around much of the site. Those who cannot hike
or climb can still see a great overview from an area with a bench. Don't
forget the altitude is high here...consider taking medications to help
avoid problems with this when you arrive in Cusco before going on to
These were some very special places to visit. We highly recommend others
travel and see for themselves! Thanks again for all of your planning
and taking such good care of us. This was a overall great experience.
Thank you so much for all the hard work that went into planning our
trip. We loved Costa Rica and had a wonderful time. I spent the entire
cab ride to the airport trying to convince Andy we should stay there.
Thanks too for the fruits and flowers! They were lovely.
Here are some pictures we snapped at the resort. It was beautiful!
We were surrounded by natural beauty - on one side by the ocean and the
other by rainforest. It was so private and just perfect for a honeymoon.
To get to a town to do some shopping we had to take a shuttle for about
30-40 minutes, and we got to see so much pretty land. The country abounds
with rainforest, beaches, active volcanoes, canyons, and fields.
resort was also beautiful and had great views of the gulf. Everyone was
so attentive and friendly and they offered a lot of activities for us.
We went kayaking and the water was so clear we could see the coral and
fish at the bottom. They had two options for beaches - a black sand beach
from the volcanoes, and a white sand beach. While we were on the beach
we could watch monkeys playing around in the trees above us and some
people even fed them.
The restaurants at the resort were really good
too. The only thing we had to worry about was in the open-air restaurants.
If you leave your table unattended for too long the monkeys and birds
will sneak in and steal your food, which was so funny. We had a wonderful
time and want to return as soon as we can.